Green Your Closet on Saturday, November 2

The Madison Environmental Commission is taking a deep dive into sustainable fashion with a “Green Your Closet” workshop that will be held on Saturday, November 2 at the Madison Public Library’s Chase Room.

Megan Meiklejohn, EILEEN FISHER’s Transparency Manager, will dig into the hidden impacts of clothing, from the farm to the dyehouse to your closet. And Claire Whitcomb, a writer at EILEEN FISHER and chair of Madison Environmental Commission, will share the basics of creating a mindful wardrobe. 

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“Madison is a great town for sustainable clothing,” says Maureen Byrne, Council Liaison to the Environmental Commission. “We have five thrift shops and numerous quality clothing stores.”

EILEEN FISHER is a leader in sustainable fashion. It is committed to 100% organic linen and organic cotton and sources wool from farmers in Argentina who are using holistic grazing to help restore 1.2 million acres of depleted grassland. 

“Megan and I work on sustainable fashion every day,” says Whitcomb, “but a lot of the textile industry’s impact is in consumers’ hands. No matter how carefully you shop, the least sustainable item in your closet is the one you don’t wear.” 

Bea Henderson, owner of the San Francisco clothing shop on Green Village Road, will be a guest at the talk. She will answer questions about how to shop for quality items that won’t sit in the back of your closet. And textile artist Deborah Robinson will share examples of her visible mending projects. Using embroidery techniques, she turns worn and torn clothing into art.

To register for the talk, go to the library’s website. Questions: MEC@rosenet.org.